The skin around your skull has to put up with a lot. Even putting aside the damage cause by extreme weather and thick pollution, chances are you drag a sharp razor across it several times a week and pump it full of booze on the weekend.
The easiest way to steady the effects all this can have on your mug is by using a man-friendly moisturiser that’s tailored to your skin type. From the solutions that smooth out lines to the hydrators that help conceal a hangover, here are 10 of the best.
Best For: Dry Skin
Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream
See ya later alligator (skin). Even if Aesop’s blend of nut and plant extracts didn’t deliver anti-oxidant fortification and richly nourishing hydration for dry skin (it does, FYI) the brand’s Instagram-baiting apothecary bottles would still win it a place on this list.
Available at Mankind, priced £47.
Best For: Oily Skin
Clinique For Men Oil Control Mattifying Moisturiser
If you’ve got skin slicker than snot on a doorknob, use Clinique’s Mattifying Moisturiser to provide oil-free hydration. As well as helping control shine, the fast-absorbing cream soothes shaving irritation and cools razor burn from its manly gunmetal grey tubes.
Available at Clinique, priced £25.
Best For: Sensitive Skin
Nivea Men Sensitive Moisturiser
Nivea has a reputation for producing high-quality, affordable men’s grooming products – and for good reason. The brand’s Sensitive option is repeatedly voted one of the best, owing to an easily absorbed and alcohol-free formula enriched with calming chamomile and nourishing shea butter.
Available at Boots, priced £6.99.
Best For: Acne-Prone Skin
Ren T-Zone CC Gel
The path to flawless skin can be a long and bumpy one. Combat breakouts and blemishes head on with Ren’s T-Zone Balancing Gel Cream. The antibacterial formula helps reduce sebum production while also protecting against free radicals to leave skin looking clear and healthy.
Available at Lookfantastic, priced £16.
Best For: Those On A Budget
Bulldog Original Moisturiser
The mutt’s nuts of the bathroom shelf, Bulldog’s best-selling original moisturiser is packed with natural, face-saving ingredients and essential oils like vitamin E. Add to that the tight leash the British brand keeps on its prices and it’s easy to why we’ve been loyal to this one since 2007.
Available at Boots, priced £6.35.
Best For: Anti-Ageing
Kiehl’s Super Activated Cream
Stave off the swing of sharp medical implements by slathering on Kiehl’s Super Activated Cream. Impressive-sounding name aside, it lasers in on the main visible signs of ageing including wrinkles, dark spots and fine lines. Ten years from now, you’ll be glad you did.
Available at John Lewis, priced £48.
Best For: The Morning After
L’Oréal Men Expert Hydra Energetic
When you wake up feeling the wrath of grapes, reach for oranges. L’Oréal Men Expert’s Hydra Energetic Daily Moisturiser pulls on the power of vitamin C to revive dull skin and reduce dark circles. Meanwhile, added caffeine gets to work promoting circulation so the caffeine in your cup can focus on fixing that head.
Available at Boots, priced £5.29.
Best For: SPF Protection
Malin + Goetz SPF30 Face Moisturiser
If you want to age more like Kevin Costner than Keith Richards, get into the habit of protecting your skin from sun damage on a daily basis. In addition to being packed with vitamins spanning the whole alphabet, the SPF 30 moisturiser from acclaimed US grooming brand Malin + Goetz is bolstered by antioxidants to counteract environmental damage.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £28.
Best For: A Bit Of Colour
Lab Series SPF BB Cream
To look good in pictures you could learn how to use Photoshop, or you could fortify your grooming regime with Lab Series BB Tinted Moisturiser. The lotion delivers a subtle hint of colour and high SPF while concealing a range of skin imperfections.
Available at Mankind, priced £36.
Best For: The Bathroom Shelf
Acqua Di Parma Collezione Barbiere Revitalising Face Cream
For a salve worth it’s shelf space, choose Acqua di Parma’s Collezione Barbiere Revitalizing Face Cream. Specifically designed for men’s skin and inspired by products found in an Italian barber shop, the fresh, lightweight formula is not just a pretty face.
Available at Acqua Di Parma, priced £42.